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Sherlock Holmes And The Yule Tide Mystery

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
December 1892 soft white flakes of snow are already beginning to carpet the countryside of Sussex when Sherlock Holmes embarks upon a cracker of a mystery adventure. He, together with Watson, reluctantly accepts an unexpected invitation to join a Christmas house party in Sussex. No sooner has the party commenced when the festivities are brought to a sudden and dramatic hal ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Ulverscroft (first published July 1st 1996)
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Dec 29, 2015 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We have here a right Christmas pud of a story here, with both pound coins and plastic farthings whisked into the mixture. On the one hand we have the two main characters beautifully captured, while the Christmas mystery in the old manor house is frequently quite charming. However the turkey of the story feels all eaten up and digested by the mid-way point, with the rest of the tale being a chewing away on increasingly tasteless bones whilst praying for the meal to end.

I’m inclined to be generous
Aviar Savijon
Dec 14, 2015 Aviar Savijon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A grand adventure in this Sherlock Holmes mystery. I truly enjoyed even though it wasn't penned by sir Doyle himself
Feb 25, 2016 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes and the Yuletide Mystery by Val Andrews

It is Christmas season late in the 1890’s. Watson is visiting Baker Street as his wife is away celebrating the season with her family. Mr. James Harding comes to Holmes with an interesting problem.

He has been selected by a random person he met at the theatre, a Mr. Gerald MacMillan, to come to his estate, Shaw Manor for the Yule-Tide holiday. He has been told that he can bring two friends of his own choosing.

Something doesn’t quite ring true
Bob Cantrell
Dec 20, 2015 Bob Cantrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holmes and Watson what more could you ask for

I got this story for free so I wasn't expecting all that much from it. I have been a fan of Holmes and Watson since I was a kid. Although this story is not a true Conan Doyle story the feel of it, the tempo of it and the happy ending are in the style of Conan Doyle. As I read this story images of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were going through my mind along with the sounds of their voices that is how good a story this was. Now if you pay attention t
I love stories of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.This was special indeed being a Christmas gathering murder mystery. It was all one expects to encounter in a Holmes mystery, and I was not,disappointed. It is,always delightful to read an adventure during Christmas, and this one filled the bill. Every nuance of the book was original ,to the times,and to the personality, and so each of Sherlock, and Watson. It is my favorite story by far for the yule tide
Hemantkumar Jain
A nice little Sherlockian novella.

The author, Val Andrews, preserves the original Conanian style and elements and offers a nice read.

The story itself was not very remarkable and the author looks for more than necessary opportunities to flaunt Sherlock's power of deduction ... at times, with no consequence.

The story on the other hand was nice and easy. A couple of minor twists in the story and a nice ending ...
Nancy Oakes
It's Christmas time, and a man comes to see Holmes at 221 B with a strange story. It seems that a man he has never met before has invited him to his home in Sussex for a party to celebrate the holidays. He wants to know whether or not he should go -- and Holmes tells him to do whatever he'd like to do. The man then invites Holmes and Watson (whose wife is away with relatives for the holidays) to join him, and off they go, meeting several other people who have never met their host before. It's no ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It kept with the style of the original Sherlock Holmes with all the twists expected from Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes was his typical intelligent self with Dr. Watson and Inspector Lestrade trying to keep up. I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys Sherlock Holmes or mysteries
Dec 19, 2015 JaniceMosinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yule-tide mystery of the year.

I rated it a 5 because it intrigued me. What I like about this book is the fact that you had a mystery with in another mystery, etc, I would recommend this book to anyone who does love mysteries,
Jan 04, 2016 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short novella with some intriguing characters. The question really is wby does Dr. Watson spend the holidays with Holmes rather than going visiting with his wife? However, if his wife doesn't object, why should the reader?
Dec 28, 2015 E.Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable Christmas read.

Great to catch up with Holmes and Watson although this story lacked a certain level of clever ingenuity usually associated with these writings. An enjoyable read nonetheless.
Jan 07, 2016 C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The plot in this Sherlock Holmes' story was rather thin and the characters were not well drawn. The story was obvious and easily discerned.
Dec 14, 2015 Crich70 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun Christmas tale

The story is well written and reads well, almost like a tale that Watson himself may have penned. Holmes will never die.
Richard Mellon
Good Book

Like this one and will read more by this author .... Sound effort to keep in the Spirit of Holmes .... Good job doing it ....
Dec 20, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Although its been a long time since I read the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries, this feels authentic, and it was a great mystery on top of that. ...more
Pat Christie
Dec 19, 2015 Pat Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not a fan of Holmes but love Christmas stories with a happy ending so I enjoyed this story very much.

Quick read. I liked it well enough to finish. I love the character Sherlock Holmes, but there were points of the story where I became bored. I'll definitely try another story and see how I feel about it.
Anna Dal Pont
[review coming soon]
Robert Lewter
Dec 24, 2015 Robert Lewter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 26, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
I've had this one sitting on the shelf and decided to give it a run as "Tis the season".

It is the first Val Andrews Holmes pastiche that I have read and thought it a nice introduction. I found it well written, and contrary to the only other review that I see on GR, certainly not "skippable".

4 STARS...and has me looking for more Val Andrews
Jun 02, 2016 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoy anything regarding Holmes or this time period. I was not disappointed. if you are looking for explosions or violence as seen on tv you won't find it here. These stories make for a pleasant old fashion read. Two thumbs up!
Feb 22, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done.

Good story. Captures Holmes and Watson well. If you are a Holmes fan, you will enjoy it, I believe. Cheers.
Mike Jensen
Instantly forgettable Sherlock Holmes pastiche.
Jul 22, 2014 Jean rated it it was ok
Lightweight read.
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